#tbt 1977 – Boston Marathon’s First Official Wheelchair Division

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In 1970, Eugene Roberts became the first person to complete the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair as an unofficial, but recognized, entrant. Bob Hall was the first wheelchair racer to get an official finisher’s certificate, in 1975.

Two years later, multiple racers met in Hopkinton to race as a separate division for the first time, and to compete for the National Wheelchair Championship. Also that year, Sharon Rahn became the first woman wheelchair racer to enter, and finish, the race.

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